oooooh. Nice. Thanks cn90.
FWIW ... I took college physics years ago too!
So, for newbies ... from memory of college courses ...
Voltage regulator ... regulates the voltage (presumably to ~14 1/2 volts or whatever it's set at).
Rectifier... changes the AC to DC (generally with diodes in a full-wave configuration, maybe wheatstone bridge).
Last edited by bluebee; 09-16-2010 at 04:02 PM.
Reason: Edit: Ooops. Switched DC with AC